Sports are an important part of the lives of both children and adults. With children, sports can help them to learn how to work together and be part of a team. That is a skill that will last them a lifetime. With adults, sports are a fantastic way to get exercise and blow off some stress. One thing that is fairly common with sports is an injury to the face.
The injury could come because of a hard hit, but it also could be something as simple as going for a jog and tripping on an untied shoelace. Too often, an injury to the face will lead to a myriad of dental problems. These problems can include chipped or cracked teeth, dislocation of the jaw, and even knocked out teeth. There is a simple way to protect your mouth while you play sports. You can use a mouthguard. Here at Eric J. Sadler, DDS and Associates, we would love it if no one ever came to us with dental problems from a sports injury again. Here is what you should know about mouthguards.
Mouthguard Offers Protection During Sports
When people think of mouthguards for sports, they will often think about contact sports like football, but not sports with no contact such as track. Mouthguards can better protect all athletes.
In contact sports, a mouthguard is a must. If there is a chance of a blow to the face, your mouth needs to be able to take it. A mouthguard will protect your teeth and jaw and will help to minimize any potential damage.
Mouthguards are good for other sports as well. A sport such as baseball may not seem like there would be a chance of facial trauma, but one hit with the ball will prove otherwise.
If there is running involved, a mouthguard is a good idea. When running, there is always a chance of falling, simply because your feet will move faster than your eyes can process what they are seeing. Often a fall while running is flat on the face, and a mouthguard can protect you from the fall. A mouthguard can also help you with your breathing while running since it will force you to breathe through your nose.
Not all mouthguards are the same. You will find mouthguards for sports in pretty much any sporting goods store. That does not mean that you should purchase one of those. They may be good for the casual user, but if you are serious about sports, you will want a mouthguard that has been custom made.
You will also want to learn how to clean your mouthguard properly. Otherwise, it could end up filled with germs that you then put in your mouth.
If you would like to learn more about how a mouthguard can protect your mouth during sports, or if you would like to find out where to have one custom made, we here at Eric J. Sadler, DDS and Associates would be happy to help. Call us at (336) 331-5271 to set up an appointment. We would love to share more information with you.